My current favorite lunch recipe is a brown rice salad. If you've been reading my blog you know that I have been on an 11 month long weight loss journey. I began it on the Flat Belly Diet by Prevention magazine. In the FBD Pocket Guide there is a "recipe" for brown rice salad.
When my friend, Amanda, told me about this salad I didn't think it sounded very good but decided to try it anyway and I love it. Over the summer, I fell into a pattern of eating a 400 calorie lunch but it usually consisted of some kind of sandwich, baked potato chips and a Weight Watchers Ice Cream bar.(Dark Chocolate Raspberry!) Recently, I decided that I should get back to eating some healthier foods for lunch.
The recipe calls for brown rice which I do sometimes use. But currently I buy a brown rice medley at Trader Joe's that is delicious. I cook it in a rice cooker and then portion it out in half cup portions in Press N Seal and keep it in the freezer. Then I can have rice in 1 minute in the microwave.
So my salad consists of:
1/2 cup brown rice
1/3 cup pinto beans (I use whatever canned beans I have on hand..watch calorie counts, they are not all equal)
1/4 cup avocado
2 T. salsa
2 T. lime juice
1 small tomato, chopped
black pepper to taste
(The original recipe also calls for 2 tsp. olive oil but I leave it out so I can eat an ice cream bar...yes..I know I said I wanted to be healthier but I LOVE them. :) )
(I usually sprinkle with a bit of salt.)
It's so yummy and nutritious. Give it a try and let me know how you like it. What is your favorite healthy lunch?